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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nackawic

·2 min read

Nackawic took on a Christmas glow on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4.

A significant mask-wearing crowd braved the cold December wind to officially light the tree in front of the Nackawic town hall on Friday evening.

After Mayor Ian Kitchen welcomed the crowd of more than 50 to the outdoor ceremony, Coun. Gail Farnsworth announced winners of a pair of Nackawic Christmas contests.

“Thanks to everyone for coming out during this cold evening,” said Kitchen.

While Santa made a brief visit, he didn’t have the same opportunity to spend time with the children as in previous years. With the COVID-19 virus still spreading, the town opted to cancel the indoor portion of the Christmas celebration usually hosted at the Nackawic Fire Hall next door.

Before dispersing, however, those attending the tree-lighting ceremony learned at Jaxon Matthews came up with the winning name for Nackawic’s Christmas gnome. The Name the Gnome Contest, a project supported by the Nackawic Lions Club, the town recreation event crew and Nackawic Area Wellness Team, encouraged children in Grade 5 and younger to suggest a name.

Matthews’ suggestion of Captain Whitebeard gained the top support of judges. Blake Roy and Sophia Thurrott earned honourable mentions.

Matthews, Roy and Thurrott can each invite two friends to a bowling pizza party at Nackawic Bowling Lanes.

With the help of sponsors Marie and Harry Tretiak, owners of River Valley Escape, Farnsworth also announced the winners of the Decorated Nackawic Planter Box Contest. The contest called on area people, businesses, or other organizations to decorate wooden planter boxes for the holiday season, which the public judged to earn the Nackawic Area Wellness Team’s People’s Choice Award.

The Nackawic Elementary School earned first place, with Scotiabank taking second and Dani Somers third.

The first prize was an overnight stay at River Valley Escape, a long-cabin style riverfront chalet owned and operated by the Tretiaks. Marie Tretiak said the value of the first-place prize was $190. The second prize was $100, and the third prize earned $50.

Nackawic’s holiday season kickoff continued on Saturday with the Christmas on the Bend Craft Sale at My Gym in the Nackawic Shopping Centre. Vendors packed the site, and Santa made his second visit to the town. This time children could provide their wishlist in warmer, more comfortable surroundings.

Marie Tretiak, who operated a vendor’s table, selling Christmas wreaths, said traffic to the craft sale was substantial.

She pointed out Nackawic Elementary School’s winning planter box sat next to the entrance to the craft sale. The second-place box sat next door at the Scotiabank, while other boxes lined the strip mall, adding to the overall Christmas decor of the shopping centre.

Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun

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